November 27, 2022 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
All morning was filled with fun, free activities.
Brockton Public Library Free Planetarium Shows - check out the stars!
2022 Holiday Parade and Celebration
The Downtown Brockton Association, in partnership with the City of Brockton, hosted the 35th Annual Community Holiday Parade and Celebration on Saturday, November 26, 2022. The parade was back to full scale for the first time since 2019. This year's parade theme was Back Together for the Holidays.
From 9:30am- 4pm downtown was all- a- buzz with activities. Attendees enjoyed opportunities to celebrate the holiday season: performances by local groups, family activities, a Holiday Marketplace, Food Court, and the area businesses and restaurants. In addition, this year's parade featured trackless train rides and a 15-foot snow globe. Downtown businesses and the Library participated with their own list of free goodies. The library set up its planetarium in the foyer and had a build- a-bear activity.
The parade stepped off at 1 pm featuring over 80 participants.

The Holiday Parade and Celebration is a public-private partnership that includes collaboration between downtown businesses and property owners, Mayor Sullivan, Brockton City Council, and Brockton Public Schools. Leading this year's parade was DBA Chair Amanda Glennon of NeighborWorks Housing Solutions.
As is customary at every Holiday Parade, the DBA was pleased to announce this year's Parade Co-Marshals and the James Edgar Awardee. After sifting through several worthy nominees, the Parade Marshal Selection Committee elected two people who have contributed to Brockton High School football profoundly; Peter Colombo, BHS Football Coach, and McKenzie Quinn, BHS Football player.

Brockton High School senior McKenzie Quinn is a trailblazer for Brockton High School as a wide receiver for the Boxer and the first female varsity player. She also became the first female to score a touchdown for the Boxers. McKenzie has a 5.0 GPA and also plays baseball and runs track.

Brockton High football coach Peter Colombo won his final regular-season game at Marciano Stadium and was named the New England Patriots High School Football Coach of the Week.
Coach Colombo is in his 20th and final year as head coach of the Boxers football team. Colombo has been head coach of the Boxers football team for 53 years, dating back to when Peter's father, Armond, took the reins in 1969 and then handed the head coaching duties off to Peter in 2002. During his 20 years, Peter has led the Boxers to a 132-72 record, five Super Bowl appearances, and two consecutive championships in 2004 and 2005.

The 2022 James Edgar Awardee was Joe Madaio. The award is named after James Edgar, who created the first department store Santa. Mr. Madaio has been the Downtown Brockton Association's Treasurer for over 25 years. Joe volunteered his time and expertise to the organization and recently retired.
Huge thanks to everyone involved for such an incredible day of city pride & fun!
Photo & Story Credits: J.Rose

Historical Tidbit:

"People across the world have been celebrating and giving thanks for thousands of years. In this country, long before English colonists arrived, Native People celebrated many different days of thanksgiving, including, for example, a 'Strawberry Thanksgiving' and a 'Green Corn Thanksgiving.'
The English also had a long tradition of thanksgiving. They declared days of prayer to thank God when something good happened. For example, the English declared a day of thanksgiving in the summer of 1623 when a gentle rain ended a long drought.
Likewise, in the fall of 1621, when their labors were rewarded with a bountiful harvest after a year of sickness and scarcity, the Pilgrims gave thanks to God. " (
Following this tradition of Thanksgiving, a national day for giving thanks was proclaimed by George Washington in 1789. And in 1870, Congress proclaimed it a national holiday, solidifying it. Thanksgiving has become a family day to enjoy.

However, because of the ways in which we, as a conquering people, treated the indigenous people, they have declared the last Thursday in November a National Day of Mourning. "Since 1970, Indigenous people & their allies have gathered at noon on Cole's Hill in Plymouth to commemorate this day because Thanksgiving is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands and the erasure of Native cultures. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Indigenous ancestors and Native resilience. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection, as well as a protest against the racism and oppression that Indigenous people continue to experience worldwide." ( )
Our local Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, also known as the People of the First Light, have lived in present day Massachusetts and Eastern Rhode Island for more than 12,000 years.
Finally, after a process lasting more than three decades, the Mashpee Wampanoag were re-acknowledged as a federally recognized tribe in 2007. The US declared 150 acres of land in Mashpee and 170 acres of land in Taunton as the Tribe’s initial reservation in 2015. The tribe currently has approx. 2,600 enrolled citizens.

Image credit: Sue Basile
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There are 14 food pantries in Brockton.
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Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of a
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!
Holiday Toy Drive
Friday, December 2
11 Crescent Street

Joe Angelo's Cafe is hosting a Holiday Toy Drive in memory of Mayor Bill Carpenter. There will be raffles and music by Mel's band. The toy drive box will stay at Joe Angelo's Cafe until December 12th. All toys will go to children and families of Brockton Public Schools. For more information, please visit The Holiday Toy Drive Facebook event page here.
Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Sunday, December 4
727 North Main Street

Santa and Mrs. Claus are making a special stop at Gowell’s Home-Made Candy! Bring your Christmas list and have your picture taken! The candy store will be open to shop all your favorite sweet treats as well! For more information, please visit the Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus Facebook event page here..
Vivaldi's Gloria
Sunday, December 4
1350 Pleasant Street

The Jubilate Chorale is partnering with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra to present Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria at Christ Congregational Church. The advanced tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors, or $22 at the door. Enjoy an afternoon of holiday music with friends and family. You can purchase tickets here.
BAMSI Grand Opening of Young Adult Access Center
Friday, Dec 9
250 Thatcher Street

BAMSI's new Young Adult Access Center offers a welcoming staffed space where young adults aged 16-26 can find a supportive community. The Young Adult Access Center is a BAMSI program funded by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Please RSVP by December 8th to this free event. For more information, please visit the BAMSI Grand Opening of Young Adult Access Center Facebook event page..
Good Day Metro South with Holiday Networking
Tuesday, December 13
159 Torrey Street
Thorny Lea Golf Club is hosting a Holiday Themed Good Day Metro South luncheon, sponsored by Cambridge Savings Bank. Please join us and enjoy meeting new people, networking contacts, and a delicious meal. The guest speakers being featured are Christine Santoro from The Children's Museum Easton and Erin McGough Rowe from The Fuller Craft Museum. There will also be a special holiday networking segment with Rob DiFazio from Mayflower BSA and RPE. For more information, please contact Cathryn Schofield at or (508) 586-0500 ext. 231
You can purchase tickets through the Good Day Metro South with Holiday Networking Website.
Where Better Begins: Brockton!
Author of the Month Patrice Alves

The Feature Artist of The Month Reception celebrated Patrice Alves and her book "Boss Baby -C's" on Friday, November 18th, at Brockton Community Access. The photo is of Patrice Alves and Sophie Blanc, the community relations person for Brockton Community Access. The book is about financial literacy in an easy way for children to understand. Hustle the Huskie is the mascot in the book. Patrice Alves teaches at Northeastern University. She and her students worked together on this book. Patrice also has a radio show, Music & Motivation 104.9FM WRBB Boston, at Northeastern University on Saturdays from 10a-12p. For more information, visit
Massasoit Men's Soccer team Competes in NJCAA National Tournament

The Massasoit Men's Soccer Team, The Warriors, coached by Rui Estrela and assisted by Dave DaSilva, played at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, on Nov. 14-19. The warriors faced two teams in the first round: #1 Phoenix College (AZ) on Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. MT and #8 Northeast Community College (NE) on Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. MT. Sadly, The Warriors lost both games. The community is proud of the team for making it into the national tournament.

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Evening of Elegance
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 Saturday, December 3rd, 7 - 11p

Join us in this elegant fundraiser for Brockton Public Library. 304 Main St's dazzling white marble and oak architecture & fine art collection will be adorned with 3 Floors of Music: Classical Trio from Brockton Symphony * Jazz Trio from Berklee School of Music * & DJ PLUS Scrumptious Nibblets from Brockton Arts, Wine & Beer.
304 Main St, Brockton
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Brockton Symphony Orchestra:
Holiday Pops Concert

Sunday, December 18

The Brockton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating the holidays with a festive seasonal concert for the whole family. Apart of their new season Cueing in a New Era, BSO has invited guest conductor Philip Sanborn to play all the holiday favorites. The concert will feature inspiring soloists, sing-alongs, and other fun surprises.

The Brockton Symphony Orchestra would like to give a big THANK YOU to all of their generous sponsors and grant awards that contributed to their successful 2021-2022 year. Their new season will be a celebration of pandemic recovery through live music and community engagement.

For more information the musicians featured at the Holiday Pops concert on how to donate, become a sponsor, or attend future concerts, please visit
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Brockton School Committee Meeting
Video Courtesy of BCA
Metro South Chamber 109th Annual Meeting
Video Courtesy of BCA
Special Volunteers at
the MainSpring House!

In early November, Father Bill’s & Mainspring Board of Director’s Chair Michael Kryzanek and member of The Rotary Club of The Bridgewaters Akee Parwaz came together for the community. They both volunteered their time to serve dinner at MainSpring House. FBMS is very grateful for the continuous support of both volunteers in their missions to end homelessness, particularly during this season of Thanksgiving.

Story & Photo Credit: Father Bill's & MainSpring

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$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

Historical Tidbit Question:
Where does the Wampanoag Tribe gather to commemorate the National Day of Mourning?
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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose, Leanna Silva & Gregory Venezia.
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” 
~ Audrey Hepburn

“Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.” 
~ Heather French Henry

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill  

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” ~ Herman Melville

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
To be human is to interact with our larger whole in compassionate ways. I have found healing in volunteerism. It changed my life, helping me single parent my 4 children. Without volunteers there would be no special educational committees, kids' music, theater or sports teams, no representational government, no public gardens & art, no food pantry, no hiking trails, and my church wouldn't function. Volunteers are necessary. ~ Jacquie
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